Animal Wise

Animal Wise

By Virginia Morell

  • Release Date: 2013-02-26
  • Genre: Nature
Score: 4
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Description

The New York Times Bestseller that explores animal intelligence and will alter the way we as humans view other species.
   
Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a fish? Or a parrot, dolphin, or an elephant?  Do they experience thoughts that are similar to ours, or have feelings of grief and love? These are tough questions, but scientists are answering them. They know that ants teach and rats love to be tickled. They’ve discovered that dogs have thousand-word vocabularies and that birds practice their songs in their sleep. But how do scientists know these things?

Animal Wise
takes us on a dazzling odyssey into the inner world of animals and among the pioneering researchers who are leading the way into once-uncharted territory: the animal mind. Morell uses her formidable gifts as a storyteller to transport us to field sites and laboratories around the world, introducing us to animal-cognition scientists and their surprisingly intelligent and sensitive subjects. She explores how this rapidly evolving, controversial field has only recently overturned old notions about why animals behave as they do. In this surprising and moving book, Morell brings the world of nature brilliantly alive in a nuanced, deeply felt appreciation of the human-animal bond.

Reviews

  • Brilliant!

    5
    By Puppetsmom
    Exciting reading for those of us who dearly love our animals and recognize in them their intelligence and potential. Very nicely organized chapters...an easy read. Thought provoking and eye-opening.

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